Romans: Blended Family (Romans 1:1–17)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.

  • Baptism Celebration
    Join us Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 pm
  • ServeFest
    April 23 (Meet at Real Life, Moscow Campus this Saturday at 8:30 am to pray.)

    We are excited to pool our resources with area churches to serve individuals, non-profits, and schools as living proof of our loving God.
    Email Michael Reyes at if you have any last-minute questions.

WELCOME — Don’t read through the list; this is something that you model.

  • Help new believers, visitors, and members feel valued and welcomed.
  • Start at the moment someone arrives and don’t end until everyone is gone.
  • Establish a foundation for relationships.

OPENING PRAYER — Don’t read through the list; this is something that you model.

  • Invite God’s Holy Spirit into our presence.
  • Prepare our hearts for what God has for us.
  • Shift our attention from individual fellowship to the group.

PURPOSE/VISION CASTING — Don’t read through the list; say them in your own words.

“The purpose of this group is…”

  • to mature in our relationship with God.
  • to have the people we need around us to disciple and encourage us.
  • to be here for others in the group; to encourage and disciple others.
  • to live life together; we are here for each other in the joyful and difficult moments of our lives.
  • to invite other people into a relational environment, which means our group will branch at some point; when that point comes, if you would like to lead or host a group, please let me know.

GROUND RULES — Cover all the ground rules.

  • Confidentiality: What’s said in the group stays in the group.
  • Listen: Let’s value one another during the discussions by really listening to what is being shared. Try to avoid thinking about how you are going to respond or what you are going to say next.
  • Pause: Allow a pause in conversation after someone shares to give the person sharing a chance to finish and give the group an opportunity to consider what was shared before responding.
  • Silence: It is important to allow silence in the group as it provides an opportunity for someone to share and for members in the group to process the topic or question being considered.
  • No Cross Talk: Be considerate of others as they are sharing. No side conversations.
  • No Fixing: We are not here to fix each other. Jesus does that. Give encouragement, speak truth, and point to Jesus. Don’t try to fix each other.
  • No Rescuing: When people are sharing something deeply personal, there can be a tendency to make them feel better about themselves or the situation by providing immediate condolences. This will often cause them to stop sharing. Resist the temptation to rescue people.
  • Sharing: Be sensitive about the amount of time you share.
  • Use “I” statements: It’s easy to talk about the issues of others, but for our purposes, we want you to put yourself on the table. Try to use “I” statements rather than “they,” “the church,” “us,” “we,” etc.
  • Household Rules: We appreciate those who open their home up to CARE Groups and out of respect to them we need to… (e.g., take shoes off, clean up toys afterward, put chairs back, leave by 8:00 pm, etc.)

OPENING CONNECTION — Use the following icebreaker.

  • Describe a moment where you felt like a misfit.

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday we started our series on the Epistle to the Romans. Marty started with the historical context of First Century Rome. In AD 51, the Jewish believers were expelled from Rome, which left the Gentile Christians to fend for themselves for three years. This coupled with the fact that the term ‘gospel’ had cultural significance specific to the Roman empire. This week we looked at how we can get past the awkwardness of being a blended family of believers through the Gospel of Jesus.”

READ THE PASSAGE — Read the passage together.

  • Romans 1:1–17


  • What are the major themes and ideas?

SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Review these with the group.

  • Following Jesus means belonging to a blended family of misfits — outsiders, jesters, narcissists, addicts, victims, and rulers.
  • The gospel is the power of God to declare that each and every misfit in this family belongs.
  • This gospel will assail the arrogant and invigorate the insecure.
  • It is only when our blended family is held together that we see the righteousness and goodness and kindness of God.

DEBRIEF THE PASSAGE — Ask the questions.

  • Which of the implications from Sunday’s sermon meant the most to you? Why?
  • What did we learn about God from this passage/implication?
  • What did we learn about man from this passage/implication?
  • How can you use this passage to disciple someone?
  • How do you apply this passage in your own life?
  • What is God asking you to do?

CLOSE IN PRAYER — Don’t read through the list; choose a way to close in prayer.

  • Take prayer requests.
  • Pray about the conversation that you just had.
  • Break up in smaller groups to pray as an option.